Please return to this page to watch the Opening Convocation service at 1 p.m. EST on October 12, 2022. The service will still be viewable on this page after the initial broadcast.

Join United in celebrating the start of the 2022-23 academic year!

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST

Precious Blood Catholic Church
4961 Salem Ave.
Dayton, OH 45416

Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, PhD

Convocation Speaker:

Frank A. Thomas, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis, Indiana). For many years, Thomas has also taught preaching to doctoral- and master’s-level students at McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, Illinois), Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis, Tennessee), and United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio). Dr. Thomas is the author and editor of several influential books on preaching, most recently The God of the Dangerous Sermon (Abingdon Press, 2021). He is the CEO of Hope For Life International, Inc., which formerly published The African American Pulpit. Thomas also serves as a member of the International Board of Societas Homiletica, an international society of teachers of preaching.

Thomas holds a PhD in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, a Doctor of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.

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